Afternoon Bulletin: ‘Place Hacking’ Is the New Trend and More

Urban explorers leave no stone unturned in NYC.

Urban explorers leave no stone unturned in NYC (Photo: Google).

A new hobby called “place hacking” is apparently growing in popularity among young New Yorkers. “Urban Explorers” (teenagers?) have been trespassing into abandoned subway stations and bypassing security to make it to the very top of the city’s skyscrapers–no matter what the consequences are. Last summer, a New Jersey teen faced charges after getting to the 104th floor of the new World Trade Center building. Yet regardless of the risks, according to Gothamist, they are still willing to risk it all to capture the unseen vantage points. One thrill seeker told the site, “This isn’t something a normal person would do … But I just do it for my love of New York.” (Gothamist.)

City officials have learned that a business approved for Hurricane Sandy relief money is the Brooklyn maraschino cherry factory currently under investigation for serving as a front for marijuana. Dell’s Maraschino’s Cherries, in Red Hook, was approved for almost $1 million dollars in federal disaster aid after the hurricane. Roughly half has been disbursed and the city will reclaim funds depending on the outcome of the investigation. Investigators learned last month that the factory was concealing a 2,500 square foot marijuana farm in its basement. During the raid of the plant, owner Arthur Mondella committed suicide with a handgun that was strapped to his ankle. The DA’s office will continue to investigate the situation and the City has advised to seize the money if it was used improperly. (New York Post)

All good deeds go unnoticed, except if you’re General Electric. The General Electric Foundation granted NYC public school system $32.3 million dollars to kick start a program that will get students more involved with science, engineering, and math. The plan will launch next month with a 3-day STEM Institute. See, not all major corporations are bad after all. (Daily News.)

Perhaps every New Yorker’s worst nightmare, a 54-year-old woman was fatally injured while trying to move between subway cars on Monday morning. The horrific incident is a grim reminder for commuters to take precaution when using the subway. (New York)

Don’t expect to ride the new 7 line any time soon. The finish date has been pushed back once again, this time set to be opened by the end of July. Metro Transportation Authority officials say that they are finishing their tests on the communications system and the fire alarm. (New YorkTimes)


Afternoon Bulletin: ‘Place Hacking’ Is the New Trend and More